View Full Version : When should I take Bub to dentist?
I know this is a pretty random question and I could have found the answer by doing a google search, but thought asking you guys would be more fun!!
So, Aiden is one now and has 8 teeth. I am paranoid that he should have been already, but unless the dentist heavily sedates him, I dont think he will sit still long enough for a stranger to poke around in his mouth.
Does anyone have any guidance of the best time and way to do this?
I read somewhere that bubs should have their first check up by their 1st bday (provided they have teeth of course!)
Up to you I guess. Maybe just give the dentist a call and see what they recommend?
oh dear! really?
how do you get a 12 month old, or an 18 month old, to sit still for 2 seconds so as the dentist can have a squiz in their mouth???
:D :confused: :D
not sure WHEN you are meant to take them.. but I think you are meant to take them early BEFORE they need any work done... so that they think of it as a good experience... you know... ride in the chair... a quick talk about teeth and maybe a quick look inside (if possible) and out again without any drama (hopefully!!) :rolleyes:
I would love to... but...umm... I live in brissie :o so the transit would be a killer (or the coffee would be cold!!!)
feel free to PM me anytime though ...
note- I KNOW Jack is spunky .... but I am a little bias :)
heya :) I actually go to a pediatric dentist myself and asked her this very question. She said that she would like to see Christopher when he is 2 as before then it is virtually impossible to have them sit through an examination. Hope this helps.
My dentist recommends 3. They can sit still and open their mouth on cue my then but every bub is different, if they can do this then take them before. The dentist will probably only have a look around first visit anyway.
sugar n spice
Well my 4 yr old has just been and if you have read my previous post you will see he needs a tooth removed and filling so he is going in on wednesday. I am dredding it so much and it's not my mouth. Anyway to get to the point i had my 1yr old with me and asked her when i should and she just said make sure you brush their teeth now and when my son comes in she can put him on the chair and have a look but there is no need for an appointment yet. Hope this helps claire.
Thank you for the replies.
I am booking for a check up soon aswell, so I think I will just take him along and see what the dentist says. I agree it probably is a good idea to take them to get use to sitting in the chair before they need any work done.
Claire x x
I had heard that you don't really need to take them until 3 yo, but our dentist would just have a look at their teeth when we went. They could sit on our laps in the chair (or NOT) and he had a quick check, only as much as they'll tolerate - so its not stressful for them at all. I think DD1 was about 18 months old when he looked her over and she's had one other quick check since (she's now 4, should get her off again I guess).
During a visit to my denist, he said that I should bring in Joshua so he can see me getting my teeth checked by him.
So at my last visit I went with my mum and Joshua. Mum came just incase Joshua didn't want to stay there. But to my surprise, he kept on going in and out of the room and asking questions whilst the denist checked my teeth then when I asked him if he would allow the densit to check his, he came and sat in the chair and opened his mouth :eek:
I took Luisa to the paediatric dentist just after she turned one ($127 :eek: ) and they can and will get ANY baby to sit still for the exam. They do what is called a layback exam. You sit facing the dentist (knee to knee) and you hold bub facing you. Then you lay your bub down into the lap of the dentist and from there they have a really good view of bub's mouth. Incidently, this is a good way of brushing a young child's teeth if you have a partner or someone that can help you.
I am so glad I took Luisa to the dentist. He scraped ALOT of calculus off my 1 year old girl's teeth, despite the fact that I had been trying my best to clean them ever since they came through.
He said the first visit to the dentist should occur at 1 year.
Just found this morning in my nearly 3 yr olds mouth that he has a second tooth growing around one of his molars. I have no idea how it is managing that but there is tooth at the side and back of the molar that is already there. Taking him to the dentist today to get the to have a look.
I feel so sorry for him because if they have to pull the tooth i dont know how he's gonna go.
Anyone else had this happen and how did their child take it.
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